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The Happy Kid Handbook


Is trying to raise the best kid possible stressing you out?

You aren’t the only one.

It’s easy to get caught up in the “right” ways of parenting and lose yourself in the moment.


To help, child and adolescent psychotherapist Katie Hurley, LCSW wrote THE HAPPY KID HANDBOOK: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World (Tarcher/Penguin; October 20, 2015).

In it, Hurley offers a straightforward approach that produces happy children and sane adults. Noting the differences between extroverts, introverts, and everything in between, Hurley urges parents to respond to the child as an individual and tailor their approach according to the particular needs of the child.



  • Understand their child’s personality and temperament
  • Discover how to best engage and empathize with each child
  • Help each personality type build social skills, understand emotions, and empathize with others
  • Know when and how to praise their child
  • Decide what or how many activities to schedule, and when to let their child quit


These and other actionable strategies help parents raise confident, capable – and most of all – happy kids. Simplifying what has become way too complicated and confusing, THE HAPPY KID HANDBOOK helps parents learn to use their instincts and meet their children exactly where they are.

I really enjoyed this book and am finding it very helpful! I like how it is simple to understand and easy to follow the advice in the book. This one truly is a must-read for all parents!

You can find on Amazon.com.

The next one is a truly inspiring story!

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The Inspiring, True Story Of One Young Man’s Struggle Growing Up With Autism.

At the tender age of four, Andrew Edwards was diagnosed with severe autism.  With a complete lack of compassion, the medical specialist who diagnosed him told his mother, “Go home and watch Rain Man.  In all probability your son will be institutionalized.”  Determined to provide her son with the best life possible and prove that uncaring specialist wrong, Andrew’s mother – Hazel – dedicated herself to giving Andrew a normal life, the best education available, and all the resources he needed to help him achieve his life’s goals.

In his powerful, inspirational and often funny autobiography, I’ve Got A Stat For You, author Andrew Edwards recounts his difficult journey to manage his autism while living in a world filled with bullying and a lack of understanding. Growing up in a single parent household with his mother, encountering bureaucracy at every turn, and facing a world that did not want to understand or relate to him, Andrew ultimately emerged from his turbulent childhood as a successful and extraordinary young man.

Excelling as a young adult, Andrew has won a Welsh National Young Volunteer Award, given speeches, and has lectured to a wide range of audiences on autism and his struggles growing up. He has pursued and received his education, and secured his dream job as a statistician at Manchester United Television. From Wrexham, a small town in north Wales, to London’s Buckingham Palace, and incorporating stories of sport, The Simpsons, a love for music, and strange smells, I’ve Got A Stat For You is a powerful and inspirational true story that demonstrates how determination, a positive outlook, and the will to succeed can overcome all odds. It is a book that will appeal to anyone whose life is touched by autism in one form or another, as well as readers who appreciate real-life tales against the odds.

I did find this a real inspiring story and highly recommend!

You can also find this one on Amazon.com.

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About the Author Andrew Edwards was born in 1984, in Wrexham, Wales. At the age of four, he was diagnosed as severely autistic. Andrew attended a number of schools during his childhood, and ultimately secured four G.C.S.E.s including one in history. Following a work placement at Manchester United Television, Andrew became a permanent member of staff, for more than 10 years, as a statistician. Following his redundancy at MUTV, Andrew has given himself over to volunteering and writing.

New Children’s Book Speaks on Self-Esteem is a Must-Read for young children!


Children of all ages struggle with their self-esteem. While many children fear that they are fat, some think they are ugly, or even feel ashamed of the culture they come from.

In “Timmy Teacup Transforms,” children will learn of Timmy Teacup who wishes to be a hot chocolate mug. Thinking that he will be happier, he soon realizes after transforming into one that it was not what he wanted after all.

“Timmy Teacup Transforms” will encourage children of all ages to appreciate their family, their home, and most of all – themselves.

I received a copy of this delightful story and recommend it highly for young children! I love the positive message of being yourself!

You can purchase here.

This next book for children addresses a major issue!

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How Does Being Labeled a Bully Affect Children?

Psychology has shown that labels can limit how children see themselves, as well as how other children and adults see them. Every label sends a message that tells kids how to think about themselves. When children are labeled as “bullies,” it may signal to their peers that they are bad kids who should be avoided and it may give adults permission to show scorn. Educator and mom Rene Micka aims to help children understand the consequences of being a bully through her debut children’s book Charlie’s Birthday Wish.

Written from the viewpoint of Charlie, the story’s antagonist, Charlie’s Birthday Wish teaches children to consider how bullies can be misunderstood, remorseful, and even forgiven. It also explores the consequences faced by those who choose to be unkind. The story uses rhyme to open an age-appropriate conversation about unkindness and its implications, not only for the oppressed, but also for the oppressor himself.

I received a copy of this book and it truly is a must-read! Young children will love the rhyme format and will be able to relate to the story.

Charlie’s Birthday Wish is available in print and ebook format and can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other major online booksellers.

About Rene Micka

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Rene Micka is a parent and an educator who has worked with children of all ages for 15 years. She spends a great deal of time volunteering at her children’s Catholic school, where she runs many of the programs. Character education is a focus of all her efforts in the classroom. As a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, Micka’s experiences have led her to have a greater understanding of the issues affecting children in distressed situations. Although she is no longer teaching, she has made it her mission to see to it that children get the better life they deserve. Charlie’s Birthday Wish is her debut children’s book.

Connect with Rene Micka at www.betterdaybooks.net and on FacebookTwitterGoodreads, andShelfari.

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this post.


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